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SORREL TOWER - DESIGNING PRODUCTIVE FACADES.

Sorrel Tower is a conceptual design focusing on productive building facades. Two building skins were designed with wind and rain harvesting techniques in combination with advanced construction and ventilation strategies.


Sorrel Tower, Edinburgh

Designers; Madison Sacramone and Grace Cowan

The University of Edinburgh - MSc Advanced Sustainable Design

An innovative and future-forward design which synthesizes the long-term needs for an office building by providing solutions for environmental comfort. By designing a productive building skin, strategic services and incorporating nature in architecture, the building will encourage occupant wellbeing and reduce the environmental impact.


Key design areas focus on the function of the building’s skin, services and the relationship to nature. Key strategies will outline rain and wind harvesting, double façade, displacement ventilation, stack effect, bio-mimicry and solar gain.


This conceptual design requires further study but, it is predicted that a productive façade may be able to produce the same or more energy than a typical wind turbine farm while using less land.


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